This Week in Science History: Feb 27th – Mar 5th

Do you know when humans first landed a probe on a different planet? What about when the National Academy of Sciences was founded? Take a walk back in time with us to find out! February 27th: The medical scientist Charles Herbert Best was born on this date in 1899. Best was a recent graduate of the University […]

The World Wildlife Conference (CITES CoP17) – what happened and what does it mean for endangered wildlife?

The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) involving 182 states from around the world has just finished in Johannesburg, South Africa. After starting 2 weeks ago, this was a pivotal meeting to discuss changes to the CITES convention that regulates the trade in animals and plants across the world. CITES […]

2050 – the year plastic will outnumber fish

Warning: this article contains photos of animals which readers may find unsettling. Yes you read that right, according to research by the World Economic Forum, by 2050 you are more likely to bump into some plastic than a fish whilst taking a dip in the big blue [1]. Plastics are one of the most versatile […]

Illegal loggers stopped in their tracks

Imagine you’re in a rainforest… what would you hear? Pessimists would say the chuckles of poachers and illegal loggers with the depressing roar of a chainsaw. But really think, is that what you would hear? In reality, there’s the chittering of insects, cawing of rhinoceros hornbill, chirping of cicadas and howling of gibbons which summate […]

Alien invaders on Planet Earth

It may surprise you to learn that invasive species are regarded by conservationists as THE greatest cause of species extinctions in recent history. Some say there is limited evidence of this claim [1], however it is agreed that the threat these exotic intruders pose is often catastrophic to local species, and hard to mitigate against with the increasing […]

Why should we protect wildlife?

Following on from my last post in which I tried to bring across the divide that has been separating many people from the natural world, I am now going to deal with how we convince policy-makers, businessmen and women, politicians, economists, the local plumber, teachers, parents and the homeless person on the street corner, why […]

Welcome to my blog…and how to cure Nature Deficit Disorder

First of all let me take the chance to thank you for clicking on this link to my new blog, “Wildlife Warrior”, with Sci@StAnd. My major hope is that this blog will help to inspire you to do your bit for our planet’s wildlife, as well as being interesting, fun and thought-provoking! Each week or […]

Warm blood gives sharks and tunas superspeed

Although shark movies like Jaws and Sharknado 1, 2, 3 (the list goes on…) may portray sharks in an unrealistically menacing light, they are correct in that sharks are fast. Real fast. But the sharks (known scientifically as elasmobranchs, part of the cartilaginous fish group – which means their skeletons are made of tough, flexible […]

Wolves on the Prowl in Paris

Despite being hunted to extinction in France in the 1920s, a small population has grown in the country after they crept back from Italy a decade ago and two wolves were recently spotted just 40 miles outside of Paris.[1] Recent data estimates around 300 wolves currently reside in France, spread into 25 packs across the French Alps. […]

World’s largest marine reserve created in the Pacific

Barack Obama declared on September 25th the expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument -created in 2009 by his predecessor Gorge W. Bush – to 490,000 sq. miles or six times its original size, thus officially becoming the largest marine wildlife reserve worldwide. A huge victory for conservation advocates, less so for commercial […]

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